Shaan Amin

Position title: Ph.D. Student: Comparative Politics | Political Methodology



Shaan Amin CV

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Research Interests:

Formal Theory; Qualitative Methods; Social Identities


I am a graduate student studying comparative politics. My interests lie with the use of formal theory, participant-observation, and interviews to study political mobilization on social identities in Indonesia and the United States. I also tinker with Bayesian statistics and causal identification. I am grateful to receive the support of the National Science Foundation, the Luce Foundation, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In my spare time, I enjoy writing and talking about the intersection of identity, politics, and culture. You can find my work at The Atlantic, The Caravan, The New Republic, and The Partially Examined Life. You can write mean things to me on my semi-functional Twitter.

Prior to studying in Madison, I consulted with the federal government. I graduated cum laude from Williams College with a B.A. in Mathematics in 2015.


The Atlantic, “The Dark Side of the Comics that Redefined Hinduism”

The Atlantic, “The Sprawling, Empathetic Adventure of Saga”

The Atlantic, “Trump, Modi, and a Brief History of Making Fun of How South Asians Talk”

The Caravan, “Race to the Top”

The New Republic, “Can the Left Win YouTube?”


NSF GRFP Award (2019-2022)

Hawai’i/Wisconsin LUCE Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Fellowship (2019)